Homesteading in Michigan

Homesteading in Michigan – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in michigan

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $4,700


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: Not too hot in summers

Cons: Shorter growing seasons

Howard, 10 acres

Pros:  The weather is great. The lay of the land (in the bottom half of the lower peninsula) is perfect for animals. We have a good mix of hills and flat.

The laws are easy, no one has regulated gardens or water bins.

Also we have a nice cottage food law which makes it easy to sell most of the food off our property without a lot of government oversight.

Cons: Winters are long. The roads here are the worst in the nation. There are no jobs and our cities are widely scattered so having a job while working the homestead is going to be difficult.

Taxes in some counties are very high.

Also the cost of living is pretty high here.

Rose, 11 acres

Pros: Lots of land

Cons: Big ag is trying to make it impossible to be  a small farmer/urban homesteader

Tams, 10 acres


14 thoughts on “Homesteading in Michigan

  • July 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Short summers and Long winters makes it hard for growing some years. AG laws are slowing changing.
    Connie, 10 acres

  • February 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Looking to connect with other Michigan homesteaders.

    • September 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Hello from Michigan also….

    • September 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I am looking to start homesteading in central lower Michigan. Would love to connect with someone willing to share knowledge.
      I am looking to start small, less than 2 acres, with two cows, 10 chickens, 3goats and 2 hogs. Looking to learn the economics of starting and maybe some road bumps to prepare for.
      Thank you,
      Sarah Stiver

      • January 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

        Hi I live in Colorado up in the high country I’m an excellent farmer I know how and what to grow names Darryl by the way if you have any questions I would be happy to help you with your adventure I have lived off grid so I know the ins n. Outs my email is

  • June 4, 2016 at 10:00 am

    We are planning to start an off grid homestead on our 40 acres in the upper peninsula. Are there any people that can help us gather information?? Such as laws, requirements, etc.

    Barry, 40 acres

  • July 4, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I’m with Barry

    Looking to buy 40 to 60 acres around Ishpeming, MI would enjoy hearing from others on this topic.

  • October 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Hello All,
    I too am looking to start a tiny single-person homestead under 10 acres since the land up there is so cheap! I’m looking at northern parts past Calumet area. Would love to connect with other current homesteaders!

  • January 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I want to live a self sustainable life on 5 acres in Grayling MI. Looking to connect with others.

  • March 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Hello, I will soon be separating from the Army and look forward to returning to my home state, Michigan. I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and other similar stories and have always fantasized about living off the land and growing my own food. As I’ve grown older that desire has grown stronger. My kids are nearly done with school, soon it will be just me, my husband and my oldest who has some disabilities. Can I get any pointers on starting a homestead from anyone who is more experienced?

    • March 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Damara – there are lots of great posts on this site about how to start off…and people are happy to answer questions….

  • May 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Living on 10 acres in Mecosta county. Currently in family farm situation that has gone south. Dear hubby an I are looking for schoolbus and some land to start over as the farm is going to be sold. Currently I have dairy goats, chickens, ducks and 1 jersey heifer.
    I have nice garden area, competition with Amish is pretty hard, but we do have produce auction nearby.
    We are into learning to be much more self sufficient and our goals are to be off grid.
    Looking to meet other couples with same goals or already living the dream. I have found most folks here family included think we are either weird or losers for the mentality we have. Pretty depressing.

    • August 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      I may be able to help u in a few ways u may not have thought of. I have built a done shed 10′ x 10′ for about 75 bucks.

      I built a 16′ X 26′ cedar log garage to have a building permit for just that that i later changed inside to a 2 bedroom mini cabin, off the grid sort of . for less than 3 grand


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